HDFS 477 - Professional Skills Development II

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Exploration of professionalism, workplace issues, leadership and communication skills, goal setting, self-management, and building a professional identity in person, writing, and online. Completion of steps to secure an internship.

Learning Objectives:
1.Explain applications of HDFS theory, concepts, and education to career goals and internship placement.
2. Describe professional ethics, appropriate conduct, and effective workplace behaviors.
3. Justify appropriate actions and behaviors in the context of professional ethics, conduct, and presentation including social media, email, and other arenas of presentation.
4. Compare multiple points of view, including diverse and multicultural influences and perspectives in HDFS.
5. Create a professional identity through presenting self in career development skills including interviewing, resumes, and portfolios.
6. Choose an internship site after interviewing and completing the internship placement process for the next semester to gain relevant professional experience.

In order to participate in the internship, students will work closely with the Internship Director to ensure appropriate placement. Students must work with their adviser in advance to identify the semester for their internship.

Students are responsible for securing a distance placement that meets the criteria for an HDFS Internship. Students will work with the distance internship instructor to ensure proper placement. Following the successful completion of the distance placement process, students will be provided with registration instructions for HDFS 488.

If you have additional questions, please contact:

jennifer.reinke@colostate.edu">Dr. Jen Reinke
HDFS Distance Internship Instructor
Assistant Professor

This course can be applied toward:


HDFS 277 (Professional Skills Development I). Completion of 90 credits. Human Development and Family Studies majors only. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment. Students registering for HDFS 477 will complete their required internship during the next semester. Please consult with your academic adviser to ensure you are on track.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed given prior to enrollment.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


Jennifer Reinke
Jennifer Reinke


Dr. Jennifer Reinke is an Associate Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Family Life Educator, and co-editor of Family Life Education: The Practice of Family Science. Dr. Reinke’s scholarly interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning in family science, autism and family, and best practices in supporting families that include a person with an intellectual or developmental disability. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Reinke was a tenured faculty member and Program Director of the Human Development and Family Studies faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

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